June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Students Constituent Committee
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Reviving an ASEE Student Chapter: Taking a Student Chapter From Dormant to Active . Austin Talley, Jason Albert ASEE Student Chapter, University of Texas at Austin
Objective Organizing events Funding To document the successful re-activation and growth of the previously dormant • Top priority is for each event to be informative. Solicit funds from each engineering ASEE student chapter at the University • Create new events to recur annually. Refine successful events, and department heads. Start early! of Texas at Austin. replace unsuccessful events. •Emphasize cross-disciplinary, graduate • Serve food and drinks (e.g. pizza and soda) whenever possible. student focus of ASEE student chapters.
• Try to always have events on the same day of the week and time. •Prepare a common “pitch” in advance History of UT chapter Avoid conflicts with other organizations. (annual report, budget, and previous donations). 1997 ASEE student chapter first • Always advertise via e-mails and fliers within one week of event. established at UT •Be concise and professional.
2007 Chapter became dormant due to loss of key officers 2008 Chapter re-activated with a new set officers (and the same faculty sponsor) Officers 2010 Second generation of new • Officer meetings once every 2-4 officers assume responsibility weeks, depending on chapter events. for chapter Sample events • Each officer plans at least one event. • Designated department liaisons • First event of the year: Info. session, social, and officer election advertise events via fliers and bulk e- • Speaker meeting: Tips for academic job application process, led by mails. Ask departmental staff to send Re-activation of UT chapter faculty with experience as a department head bulk e-mails. • Faculty advisor (Prof. Ronald Barr) • Speaker meeting: Tips for writing NSF GRFP applications, led by • Several officers show up early and stay solicited a few volunteer student faculty who have experience judging these applications late for each event. officers, mostly from his department. • Panel session of three Assistant Professors: “The Top Five Things I Always be looking for new officers! • These officers organized events, with Wish I Knew Before I Became a Professor” an emphasis quality not quantity. • Graduate student luncheon: Discussion about engineering post- • The need for more volunteers and doctoral experiences, including several post-docs at UT officers was advertised at all events, • Host an event for “Explore UT” university-wide open house for Acknowledgements and the officer list grew steadily. general public (especially K-12) The work is made possible by the • The 2009 ASEE annual conference • Graduate student luncheon: Discussion about tips for making a departmental donations from the College in Austin helped attract volunteers research poster of Engineering at the University of Texas for the student chapter volunteers. • Speaker meeting: What it is like to work at a government at Austin. laboratory, led by a NETL engineer visiting UT for business
Talley, A., & Albert, J. (2010, June), Reviving An Asee Student Chapter: Taking A Student Chapter From Dormant To Active Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15993
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